Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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4.04
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Photo of misterscooter
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a trade. I have a feeling I got the better end of the deal. Poured from a green bottle, the slightly cloudy, golden straw colored beer has a beautiful head that settles down to about a half inch.

I'm really liking the smell of this one very much. It is mellow but I think that fools you because I also pick up a lot of layers in there. They blend well below the wheat smell I get. It is very pleasing to the nose.

This beer is extremely refreshing as it hits your tongue and fills your mouth. Slight malt that complements the mild honey and spices. Just the right amount of carbonation so it goes down really well. Small sips don't do this one justice. You need to bring in a good mouthful and let it sit for a moment. Just a hint of sweet in the aftertaste, maybe a little grape.

This is a good import. I'll gladly trade for this again and I'll definitely pick up a six pack.

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Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew poured to a golden yellow color that was very cloudy, could not see through to the other side of the glass. Had a huge white creamy head that held on for most of the beer and left thick lacing at the top and then fine rings around the rest of the glass. The aroma’s are of wheat, citrus and banana, a very fine smelling brew. The first thing that I notice is a malt flavors that leads to a banana//fruity sweet taste. Has ample hop/spice that I notice need the end with a smooth like feel. I am not a big fan of this type of brew but this one is changing my views! Over all this is an excellent brew, even when having it in the heart of winter.

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Photo of karst
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Franziskaner Weissbier glass this Hefe-Weissbier's lable shows a Franciscian monk with 3 keys suspended from his wrist (water, grain, hops - yeast the 4th key was unknown until Pasteur's discovery) and pouring directions on the back lable. This unfiltered wheat beer pours a cloudy gold with thick creamy head features great retention and laces the glass well. Waiting, waiting, until this rocky head recedes a little I test the aroma, finding an inviting boquet of esters suggesting bananas, cloves, pineapples waffing up from the tulip shaped top half of the glass. Sipping, a tart almost bitter sweet combination of flavors and a rush of carbonation. Topping off my glass, the formidable head returns and I savor the Citrusy aroma again wishing I was away from the back ground odors of the Pub's bar-room. I thought the body a little light for my taste, but I drink little of this style.

I would definately recomend this to a "wheat lover".

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Photo of mgdeth
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured with a huge creamy white head. It has a semi-deep golden-straw color. Once I got the yeast out from the bottom of the bottle, the beer became cloudy. I bought this one in Texas, so it is laughingly labeled "malt liquor."

Smell - Banana mixed with clovey spiciness. I think I have heard this one described as phenolic. It smells fantastic.

Taste - Spiciness tends to dominate the flavor of this beer. I also pick up some hints of fruit (most notably banana and possibly citrus). The beer does not seem to be super fresh, and this detracts a bit from the flavor.

Mouthfeel - This beer is light and lively, and goes down easily. It has what appears to be an approrpiate amount of feel to it.

Drinkability - This beer is highly drinkable - very smooth, despite packing a good amount of spicy flavor. Try this one on a hot summer day.

Comments - This is a darn fine hefe weizen. I just wish that I could get it fresh.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a thick shade of yellow and white with a nice big head. There's plenty of lace left in the glass, too.

The beer tastes good, but the smell is what really drives it home. Wheat malts come through strong, spiced up by a great blend of esters. In the mouth, citrus joins in for a taste that has no shortage of flavor. The mouthfeel is very full for the style.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hefe has been my favorite beer forever. For some reason, I have lately not had any. A friend bought me some for Christmas and tonight is the first one I have opened.

Oh I had forgotten the sweet smell of bananas and cloves. What a delight. The great taste of a hefe after diner which cuts through all the BULL left over from the meal. Delightful mouthfeel. Sweet and full. And lest I forget the cloudy yellow beer with a head that overflows because I pour it for MAXIMUM head and aroma. I had to break out my Franziskaner Hefe glass that I brought home from Germany and drank and remembered the good times.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The huge white head spilled over the edge of my weizen glass when poured. That's what I like to see! Big spicy nose. Taste is big and fruity, chocked full of bananas with strong yeasty kick. Smooth as silk in the mouth and about as drinkable as it gets.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this one off tap again last night. The beer poured a testaceous color with a nice ivory head that sticks around nicely. The nose is banana, lemon and cream. Not too strong, but nice. The flavor is creamy, banana and clove. There are hints of lemony tang in there as well. Overall a good beer. The feel is thick and creamy. Just a nice session beer. I think Franziskaner is one of those beers I can always trust.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark straw-orange, maybe 20-25 srm; bubbly big guy head w/ nice retention.

Smell. Bananas, oranges, wheat malt, little bit of roses from hops.

Taste. Also some nanners, citrus, with a pleasant nuttiness, great mouthfeel, slick and smooth.

This is an old fall back beer, and along with the Pinkus Organic it is one of my favorite hefe weisses. Way to go, Germany!

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Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, monstrous head…firm, long-lasting, and almost solid. Hefe’ heads are a wonder of nature. The aroma on this brew is the expected citrusy-wheat and clove: pleasant and refreshing. Also, a bit of a yeasty, earthy smell rounds out the nose. Taste is tangy and nearly tart…with a peppery, lemon sensation. Wheat, grainy, and yeasty…just as it should be. Medium body. Slightly peppery, spicy finish. For me, a Hefe-Weisse is a mood-dependent beer, but I’ll never tire of a good one. This one is better than just good.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, medium yellow body with loud carbonation and a huge, vanilla head that retains well and generously deposits sheet and patch lace all over the glass.
Good Hefe aromas of clove and lemony orange(or is it just mandarin orange?). Some earthy yeatiness is also picked up.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.
Taste is clove, wheat grain, and tart orange. Swirling the bottle before the final pour produces a prominent, earthy yeastiness that distinguishes this as an excellent Hefe.
Very solid for style. I could drink a couple of these any time.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You silly monks! What won't you drink?

Pours cloudy. A very pretty yellow with a nice head that stays. GREAT lacing.

Very musty smell, kind of skunky with malt and hints of clove. Strange and nice.

Nice taste. Wheat malt up front mixed with lemon. Sweet and sour and smooth. More bitter in the back, malt and yeast and more citrus. Very nice.

Very crisp and very smooth. This is the kind of beer that you just let run over your teeth. It feels great and it goes down smooth.

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Photo of mrfosters
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent gold with typycal large white head but lacing was almost non existant.Clean fresh aroma.Tasted of smoky banana that comes through rather heavy,not necessarily in a bad way,,just a little strong.This, I believe, causes a slightly cloying finish that I'm not sure about yet, perhaps it just takes some getting used to.I will definitely try this again.So for now it's good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popular brew in these parts. On tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Spicyness tingling tongue, which is a plus for some and me depends on the night. Cloves, banana from yeast. Lemon in there. Above average for style. Malt sweetness aftertaste. Less carbonation would work .

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Photo of KoG
2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the green bottle a semi-hazy yellow with a touch of orange. Head runs rampant and nearly flows onto the counter, had to let the creamy head settle before I could finish pouring it.

Smell seemed a bit weak, might be my slight cold. Smells like bananas and beer, but not offensive at all, just odd. Not skunky either.

Taste seemed a bit watery, this my be due to the fact that the beer may have not been cold enough. Banana flavour with a bit of... something, not wheat or malt though. Strange aftertaste, sour.

Mouth seemed watery as well. Slightly creamy with a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability doesn't seem very high, just about average.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly milky lemon-amber that clears quickly. Where's all the yeast? Must be in the bottom of the bottle. The head is expansive and fills the glass quickly, but looks to be pillowy and insubstantial. As expected, the bone white cap compresses rapidly and lays down very little lace.

The nose is enjoyably wheaty and contains a judicious amount of clove spice. I don't appreciate any banana esters; perhaps that characteristic of the yeast is waiting for actual taste bud submersion. That's it exactly because the flavor is a wonderful mixture of wheat malt and fresh banana with a polite sprinkling of clove.

While the flavor profile makes a feint towards sweet at the start, the majority of the mouthful (and especially the finish) is tangy, tart, slightly puckery and ultimately dry. A relative lack of sugar and a light body increase drinkability in terms of 'ease of'. I'll let the generous amount of carbonation slide since it isn't that bothersome.

Franziskaner Hefe Weisse is good beer. It's a flavorful, well-constructed version with a quenching dryness that is atypical for the style. Although my favorite hefes have nothing to fear, I will look for this one again.

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Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review:
Poured from a 500ml bottle with no dating system into my Tucher weizen glass. It was hazy golden yellow color almost cider like with some small bits of yeast floating around. It had a massive head that took forever to fall down and even then it had constant 1/2" foam. The aroma was exceptional, perfect, incredible....I love nothing more than the smell of a great hefe. This had had the standard overripe bananas, cloves, a hint of bubblegum but nailed it. Some hefes smell great in certain areas but this one hits it right on all accounts. The taste is just like the aroma - perfect. It hits you with the great taste from the taste and doesn't let up as it finishes perfectly. I may be biased as this is my favorite style but this is truly a 5 if there ever was one. This along with Ur-Weisse and Paulaner are my preferred session beers. Mouthfeel was also exceptional with a great creamy feel and just the right amount of carb. Obviously, I highly recommend this one. (5, HR-HOF, T, Y)

Original review from 11/10/04 below:
12oz green bottle. Poured a pale straw with lots of foam and good carbonation. The smell was heavenly - you can't beat the smell of a good hefe. The color and smell scream classic hefe and the taste followed. Quite simply one of the best beers out there. This has a regular spot in my beer rotation and never fails to disappoint. PR 5.0

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow tan color with a sizable head that fades to a 1/2" solid layer. Smells sharply of clove and banana scents that are very indicative and expected from this style. Flavor is excellent for the style. Starts off with a smooth banana and clove flavor that gives way to a decent hops finish. Somewhat of a metallic twang in the aftertaste, but it does not detract from the beer at all. Very good. Mouthfeel is very full and smooth.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/05/04- Had from the tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Appearance- Pours in a nice half liter weisen glass. Had to wait for a few minutes for a few refills because the head has so huge. When I got the beer it was a good inch and a half. A nice yellow-orange tinge. Very cloudy. Very nice lace also.

Smell- Wheat and yeast with cloves and citrus mixed together.

Taste- Typical hefe, but a bit better. You basic hefe flavors of wheat, cloves, spices and bananas. But sweeter than usual. Maybe like unripe bananas? Almost a sugary quality. Very different.

Mouthfeel- a bit to carbonated for it's style, IMO. And this sweetness is inriquing to me. Goes down smooth though.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Not in the same catagory as Paulaner, but then again, it has much of a different taste. Sweet instead of citrus.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy pale with a yellowish tinge. A very nice color for the style. Creamy head that lingers for a bit. Smell is dominated with yeast, wheat and some citrus. Taste follows the smell, but has a very powerful yeast sour nuttiness that is almost too much for the brew. Very smooth and consistent the full 22 ounces. Quality weiss.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer! Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a robust head that lingers. Smells of balanced yeast and hops, with a bit of lemon and sourdough bread. The taste is superb, nutty yeastyness perfectly balanced with bitter hops. A bit of red apple and a soupcon of caramel, a twinge of lemon. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and crisp. I was so impressed with this beer, I bought another 6-pack immediately. The fact that it comes in a 6-pack is also a plus. One of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of Skidz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale gold and sits hazy orange gold in the glass with a big foamy white head and good lacings.

Aroma is packed with wheat and lemons. Some grassy and green aromas, hopping adds some light spiciness.

Tastes malty and sweet up front and moves into a very controlled balance of sweets and bitters with lemony sourness. Finish is lightly bitter with lingering sweetness and mixed citrus flavors.

Crisp and carbo-loaded in the medium-light body. Easy to drink but not much character. Still, a good drinking Hefe.

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This mellow wheat is one of my all time favorites, and "Oktober" is the perfect time to share it with the uninitiated.

Pours cloudy, golden-yellow in color, with a nice, fluffy head. Smells of bananas, apples and spice. Ashamed to say I missed the peppery notes at first whiff, but just took in a good nose full from the glass I am currently enjoying - sans the lemon slice - and by gosh, there are hints of pepper in there, too.

The taste is smooth and not overpowering, making this a good choice to share with those new to Hefe Weizens. Feels good in the mouth - sturdy body, though in my opinion, there's a bit too carbonation.

Still, the overall composition makes it a classic among this style, and quite drinkable all year round.

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this beer before. I’ve enjoyed it for years including fresh at the source in Munich.

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating, but it does have the happy monk rubbing his tummy on the label.

Beer pours a hazy, cloudy burnt yellow with a massive chiffon like head.

The beer smells great. Lots of banana, fresh bread dough and spices (clove, all-spice and pepper). To quote Emril, "happy, happy happy".

The taste is also very good. Can be easily enjoyed with or without the lemon. Beer has a tart refreshing taste of banana and spice and tends to be a bit sour (in a good way). This hefe’s taste seems to coat your mouth like an IPA does and that is very nice.

The mouthfeel seems just about perfect. Steely & biting best describes this beer. Extremely easy to drink. One of all time summer favorites, but it can easily be enjoyed anytime of the year. This is one of the gold standards for this style. Enjoy!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a pale yellow golden with a fluffy white head which coated the glass.

The aroma was clove and fruity with wheat and spice.

The wheat flavor dominates the flavor with clove and even a slight citrus note and slight banana in the back.

The finish is dry with lasting wheat flavor. The body was medium and well done.

1/2L at Publick House in Columbia, SC.

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